Ways Facebook Can Be Used Against You in Divorce

Illinois family lawyerYou likely use Facebook on a regular basis. Although it may be tempting to vent about your soon to be ex and discuss your divorce on Facebook, doing so can do more harm than good. While you are going through a divorce, you should be careful about what you share on Facebook and keep your personal life private. Here are four ways Facebook can be used against you in divorce:

1. Your posts can turn into evidence.

Your soon-to-be-ex and their attorney may visit your Facebook profile to see whether there are any status updates, posts, or photos that can be used against you. Believe it or not, studies have disclosed that 67% of attorneys use Facebook as their main source of evidence in divorce cases.

2. Your entire Facebook history can be found.

You may think that once you delete a post about your soon-to-be-ex or divorce, nobody will ever be able to see it again. Unfortunately, this is not the case as your entire Facebook history can be found through a variety of forensic methods.

3. Your soon-to-be-ex can figure out what you do in your free time.

Even if you do not post about your soon to be ex or divorce, your Facebook can be used against you. For example, if there are pictures or posts of you partying, your soon-to-be-ex and their attorney may use them to prove that you do not deserve custody of your children.

4. Your tagged images can also be used as evidence.

It is important to understand that even if you do not post anything on Facebook, posts that your friends tag you in can be used as evidence against you. Therefore, you should ask your friends and family members to refrain from tagging you while you going through your divorce.

Fortunately, there are a number of tips that can ensure your Facebook will not hurt your divorce. When you are feeling the urge to vent, connect with your friends and family offline rather than posting on Facebook.

If you have shared your Facebook password with your soon to be ex in the past, be sure to change it. Lastly, deactivate your Facebook and take a break from social media if you are worried that it may be used against you.

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney

If you need further advice on how to reduce your risk of Facebook hurting your divorce case, we encourage you to contact our Hinsdale divorce attorneys today at 630-920-8855.



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